State Department expands gender options for passport holders

Reprinted from Sara Carter's news page.


Image of a persons hand holding a passport over a white background. (shutter stock)

The Department of State will no longer require passport holders to obtain a ‘medical certification’ from a physician to prove a change in gender on a passport, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement Wednesday. Moreover, the State Department will allow people to chose their gender on their passports, he added.

“You can now select the gender you would like printed on your U.S. passport, even if the gender you select does not match the gender on your supporting documentation such as a birth certificate, previous passport, or state ID,” the State Department’s website states. “We no longer require medical certification to change the gender marker on your U.S. passport.”

The change is the State Department’s commitment to promoting the freedom, dignity, and equality of all people, “including LGBTQI persons,” the website notes.


“Since assuming office, President Biden has taken several executive actions demonstrating this administration’s commitment to human rights and has directed agencies across the U.S. government to take concrete actions to promote and protect the human rights of LGBTQI+ persons around the world,” Blinken states.”Today, I am pleased to announce that the Department will be taking further steps toward ensuring the fair treatment of LGBTQI+ U.S. citizens, regardless of their gender or sex, by beginning the process of updating our procedures for the issuance of U.S. Passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBA).”

Secretary of State Blinken’s Statement

Most immediately, we will be updating our procedures to allow applicants to self-select their gender as “M” or “F” and will no longer require medical certification if an applicant’s self-selected gender does not match the gender on their other citizenship or identity documents.  The Department has begun moving towards adding a gender marker for non-binary, intersex, and gender non-conforming persons applying for a passport or CRBA.  We are evaluating the best approach to achieve this goal.  The process of adding a gender marker for non-binary, intersex, and gender non-conforming persons to these documents is technologically complex and will take time for extensive systems updates.  The Department will also be working closely with its interagency partners to ensure as smooth a travel experience as possible for the passport holder.  As we work towards this longer-term goal of making available a gender marker for non-binary, intersex, and gender non-conforming persons seeking a passport or CRBA, the Department will provide updates on the process and any interim solutions via our website:

In line with the Administration’s commitment to re-engage with allies and partners, the Department is taking these steps after considerable consultation with like-minded governments who have undertaken similar changes.  We also value our continued engagement with the LGBTQI+ community, which will inform our approach and positions moving forward.  With this action, I express our enduring commitment to the LGBTQI+ community today and moving forward.

Secretary of State Blinken’s statement

Civil right’s groups, like the ACLU, have long lobbied lawmakers to add an “X” marker to all federal documents. The X is for individuals who don’t identify either as male or female.

According to the civil right’s groups there are approximately 20 states that already permit applicants on their driver’s licenses to choose among M, F or X.

For more information visit the State Department.


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